The Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity

A 6,000-square-foot collaborative learning space, Western Reserve Academy’s Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity is the next step in experiential learning, where WRA students can take ideas from concept to completion with state-of-the-art design and production equipment.

The Center creates opportunities for WRA to transform the learning process, uniting faculty across departments, creating new classes and experiences. It facilitates hands-on learning with electronic, digital and traditional tools that inspire our community to creatively solve problems and take ideas from concept to completion.

Watch this video to hear from students and faculty about the unique and empowering ways The Center has become a part of our curriculum:





A SPACE TO DREAM AND CREATE

The Center is divided into three main creative spaces with specific functions — to imagine and plan, to prototype and to build. In the computer room students can concept and design their project with a multitude of software used by architects, engineers and designers. In the fabrication area prototyping begins and ideas come to life using laser cutters, 3D printers, molds, circuits and more. The final space, the workshop, or “dirty” space, is where prototypes can be made into final products with a large-scale wood and metal shop.


A HIGH-TECH, LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Dreams truly become reality when WRA students have the training and opportunity to safely use high-tech, state-of-the-art equipment to build upon their classroom expereince. The Center has various "shops" that allow creativity and flexibility in concepting, creating and collaborating. The shops' equipment include:

SOFTWARE

  • Corel Draw
  • Solidworks
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • 123D Make
  • 123D Meshmixer
  • 123D Catch
  • AutoDesk Fusion 360
  • Arduino
  • Vcarve Pro
  • AutoDesk AutoCad
  • AutoDesk Inventor Professional
  • Microsoft Office 2016 Professional Plus
  • Sketchup
  • Roland Studio
  • Husqvarna Sewing Software

ELECTRONICS

  • Affinia 3D Scanner ES360
  • Portable Green Screen
  • Sennheiser Wireless Microphones
  • Panasonic Video Camera
  • GoPro Hero 4
  • Makey Makey
  • Bare Conductive (5)
  • Arduino (10)
  • LittleBits (All)
  • Raspberry Pi’s (6)
  • Hummingbird Robotics Kits (2)
  • USB Game Controllers (5)

CIRCUIT SHOP

  • Metcal Solder Station
  • OtherMill PCB
  • Oscilloscope
  • Soldering Microscope
  • Hakko Soldering Station
  • Roland MDX40A CNC Mill w/ Rotary Axis

WOOD SHOP

  • Saw Stop Professional Table Saw
  • Powermatic Planer
  • Powermatic Jointer
  • ShopSabre CNC Router
  • Spray Booth
  • Hitachi Compound Miter Saw
  • MicroMark Band Saw
  • Supermax Surface Sander
  • Disc Sander
  • Bench Dog Router Table
  • Delta Rockwell Drill Press
  • B.o.s.s Delta Shopmaster
  • Dremel variable speed scroll saw
  • Woodtek Chisel Mortiser

CRAFT SHOP

  • Epilog Fusion Laser Cutter w/ Rotary Attachment
  • Cricut
  • MakerBot Replicator (4)
  • German RepRap x400 Pro
  • Roland VersaUV LEF 20 w/Rotary Attachment
  • Centroform Vacuum Former
  • Husqvarna Viking Embroidery Machine Designer Ruby Royale
  • Roland 54” Wide Format Printer Cutter
  • Brother GT-361

METAL SHOP

  • ShopSabre CNC Plasma
  • Clausing Lathe
  • Bridgeport Milling Machine
  • Tig Welder
  • Spot Welder
  • MIG Welder

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